Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Every week, out of the blue, we receive communication from complete strangers.  Their sentiments cause us tears, of course, but also hope.  We wanted to share two recent posts that represent, as Jennie remarked, that  ”There really are decent people out there in the universe…..”

.  I have just finished reading the bio of John H. Lamensdorf, and may I say that it moved me profoundly.  What a fine young man, talented artist, and gifted person he was.  I attended NYU, although not in film, and I know that the lives of many have been made all the more deeply enriched by encounters with John.  I was very touched to view your site, especially the photographs, which so clearly evince John’s love of life and love for others.  I dare not speak of the incredible loss you all must feel.  All it makes me understand is our duty to love life even more, each day, and live part of it for him.  Thank you so much for taking the time and effort, and surely experiencing pain, in order to bring John into the lives of so many strangers like myself, who have been  all the more enriched by this viewing experience.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Sarah

.  I have delayed contacting you for many years so as not to intrude on your grief.  I did not know your son, John, but I have been following his story since May 2009.  Working in film for over 20 years I feel that frankly, it s amazing that there aren’t more devastating  situations on film sets like the one your family has suffered.  I am writing because I thought, in a small way, it might comfort you to know that for 3 years now, I have included John’s story in the safety classes I teach for the professional film technicians in New England.  It breaks my heart to tell you that until the incident in Monticello, My Power Point’s chapter about Minimum Safe Approach Distance only included non-industry specific examples of the dangers of electrocution.  Sadly, now I use the Jay Welin case as a “textbook example” of how hazardous aerial lift shoots can be when safety is not taken seriously.  I plan on putting together a handout sheet that outlines the hazards of aerial lift work but for college-aged technicians and encourages hazard recognition.  If you like, I can share that doc with the JHL Memorial Trust. Phil

(We have received Phil’s handout sheet and will be using his expertise in our quest for creating a comprehensive film safety program).

Thank you Sarah and Phil